Our seasonal changes can change our relaxation time to chore time. Tasks include checking the air conditioning units in the spring to keep them humming throughout the summer. Furnace tune-ups prevent problems during the super-cold days.

One of the traditions when we were kids was the autumn chore known as “changing out the screens.”

Sixteen windows on a three-story house held screens that kept the summer breezes in and the bugs out. In early October the screens came out and “storm windows” were placed on the outside.

The reference of “storm windows” may have been a misnomer, because only occasionally would a true fall or winter storm batter those windows.

Looking back, maybe they should have been called “keep-the-cold-out” windows